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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Every year, Cantillon has open brewing days, with animation, known as "Zwanze" in Brussels’ dialect. Fortwith, a special beer will be released every year, with every year a new ingredient: rhubarb for 2008.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Original bottle courtesy of...Brian at Zwanze Day, also 2012 vintage. Tart red fruit, though not detectable as rhubarb because the flavor of rhubarb is kind of naturally overlapped with the flavor of a lambic in the first place, highish carbonation level, funk more detectable on the old bottling versus in your face sourness on the new. Very good but lacks the oomph of a LP Kriek or St. Lamvinus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Light yellow color with nice head. Grassy with oak on the nose. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3217) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 27, 2016
75cl bottle as "Zwanze 2012", rebrewed, shared at source 2016-IV with Oedipus Sander et al. - - Bref: rhubarb juice sluiced through a bicycle inner tube of phenols and tannins. - Soggy green yellow pour. Smells rubbery and faintly vegetal, before the funky lemons come through - has the rhubarb been peeled at all? A basso continuo of citric fruits closer to pure lemon juice buries hints of rhubarb, peel bitterness - delivered with the citric attack of unripe green rhubarb. Fleshy textures in the wheat lacto. Odd blend, feels young.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
minutemat (3744) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
75cl bottle @ Cantillon as Zwanze 2012. Pours pale gold. Aroma is light lambic funk. No rhubarb whatsoever in aroma or taste. Pleasant, light lambic but little complexity. Disappointing in that regard.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Helallison (8) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016 does not count
Bottle at Cantillon brewery. A stunning beer, very smooth. Subtle rhubarb taste, slight vanilla undertones and lacking the acicity you’d expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rask0lnikov (505) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2016
Pale yellow colour. Nice white head. Acidic, flowery, grassy, complex aroma. Intensive barnyard, horseblanket at the beginning. Oakiness, white wine in the middle. Woody and sour finish. Probably one of the best geuzes I have tasted. Competes definitely with 3 Fonteinen Golden Blend. Has some complexity which comes only with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nerdboy19 (171) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2016 Zwanze 2012 at the brewery. I dont even know what rhubarb is, so it was confusing to me. But its Cantillon and really great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (627) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle - Zwanze 2012. Initially pours a clear golden yellow with a thin mostly lasting foamy white head. Aroma of hay, white grapes, citrus, apricots. Taste is of white grapes, lemon, tart, loads of rhubarb on the finish. Medium to hard carbonation, light oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gaultier (1359) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle @ Cantillon 15/5-15. Fruity with rhubarbs and brett, also acidic. Dry finish. A wonderful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2015
At Cantillon. Bottle labeled "Z12". Hazy golden with white head. Apricot, sea buckthorn, rhubarb, hay, wood. Sour and salty/mineral. Very subtle fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle shared at Cantillon as Zwanze 2012. Slight hazy golden with short lasting white head that leaves some super small cute bubbles. Light funk and hay, cheese, light almonds, a bit mineral. Rhubarb, fresh apricots and sour berries but not too overpowering. Medium sour with light bitterness and a touch of salt. Medium bodied with sparkly carbonation. Very good.

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